Shepherds Who Do Not Do Their Jobs

For shepherds who do not tend to the flock of God, but allow it to scatter, Jeremiah pronounced a woe (Jeremiah 23:1). He said further by the mouth of God, “Therefore thus says the LORD God of Israel against the shepherds who feed My people: ‘You have scattered My flock, driven them away, and not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for the evil of your doings,’ says the LORD. ‘But I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor shall they be lacking,’ says the LORD” (Jeremiah 23:2-4).
God expected the shepherds of Israel to tend to His people and not do things to drive them away. Since they did not do that in this case, God would attend to the shepherds for the evil of their doings.
He would also gather the sheep whom the shepherds had allowed to scatter and God would set up new shepherds over His people. Those new shepherds would do the proper job and the sheep would not then lack.
If you shepherd a congregation, hear the words of Jeremiah!

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